What's New

  • "Building the We" cover over interior pages.

    [VIDEO] In a context of mounting racial tension, Salinas government and community advocates collaborated to bring about a new initiative aimed at addressing the root causes of inequity and division within the city. "Building the We," published by Race Forward, features key successes and lessons from the local leaders who ushered in a new agenda for the City of Salinas: Healing-Informed Governing for Racial Equity.

  • "The executive orders signed this week mark the beginning of a sweeping, reckless assault — the likes of which we have never seen — on the values that unite us. Our country was founded on principles of freedom and inclusion, and we are stronger, safer, freer when we come together. However, each order finds a new way to divide us: singling out entire groups of people based on how they look or where they come from, turning away refugees, building useless and expensive walls.

  • Women's March on Washington 2017 video

    That's the question our video producer Tiye Rose asked people of color at the Women's March. One protester said: "Because we know this administration is a threat to communities of color." Watch the full video from the March and share it on Facebook.

  • From hiring discrimination, and farmworkers rights to wage theft, and the fight for a higher minimum wage, covering the news on race and work during the era of Trump will be key. Read the latest labor news through a racial justice lens on Colorlines.

  • Race Forward's Building Racial Equity trainings sharpen your skills on how to measurably change racial inequities in your organization. Trainings sell out quickly. Sign up here!

  • Confronting Racial Bias at Work: Challenges and Solutions for 21st Century Employment Discrimination, published by Race Forward, presents findings and recommendations to advance proactive systemic solutions that promote racially equitable outcomes. This report was prepared as a resource for racial and social justice-inclined consumers, worker advocates, particularly in industries with over-representation of women of color, and legal and labor journalists.

  • Read Colorlines' coverage of our changing environment  You can follow the work of our climate justice reporter Yessenia Funes on topics including the Flint water crisis, Standing Rock, soil erosion, petrochemicals and more.

Race Forward

Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation was formerly known as the Applied Research Center (ARC). The goal of our rebrand was to:

  • Lead with race in the same way that our organization does.
  • Highlight the centrality of addressing "Race" and the importance of paving the way "Forward" to racial justice.
  • Convey the urgency of moving forward using the word "Race."

Race Forward advances racial justice through research, media, and practice. Founded in 1981, Race Forward brings systematic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity.



  • Cutting edge, original research on pressing racial justice issues.
  • Intersectional approach to how race compounds and intersects with other societal issues, which can be described as "race and..."
  • Strong social change practice.


  • Colorlines, a daily news site where race matters with award winning investigative reporting and news analysis.
  • Use of storytelling and multimedia to amplify key issues we cover.
  • Pushing key race stories into the mainstream media.


  • Facing Race, the largest conference for racial justice movement-making, focused on alliance-building, issue framing, and advancing solutions.
  • Speakers, training, consulting services.
  • Action-oriented campaigns, such as Drop the I-Word, which seeks to eliminate the derogatory term "illegal."